October 31st, 2014
Waxing Gibbous Moon
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Seth Jarvis

Fobos/Grunt is falling!

You think living on Mars would be dangerous and difficult? Try just getting there! Of the 38 Mars mission launched from Earth so far, exactly half of them arrived at Mars in operating condition. A case in point is the…

Richard

June Night Sky Calendar

Ahh, June. Summer begins, nights are warm, skies are mostly clear. It’s a great month for stargazing. Here are some highlights for the month. June 1st: The New Moon is on June 1st, occurring at 3:03 pm, MDT. With no…

Dani Weigand

Reaching for Mars

Last month we were contacted by the Utah chapter of Make-a-Wish regarding a little boy named Logan who’s wish to go to Space Camp was being granted. The organization surprised Logan with a special animated message in the Hansen Dome…

Richard

Skywatch: A bright Mars in the sky in January

To me, Mars has not been a very interesting planet to observe in the night time sky. Ok, it’s red–really red. But even through a backyard telescope, Mars is just a small red ball. Well, this month (January, 2010) Mars…

DEBUNKING the Great Mars Hoax (again)

It’s August and we’ve been getting calls at Clark Planetarium from people wondering if Mars will appear as large as the Full Moon this month. So goes our yearly battle with the Great Mars Hoax that started in 2003. Each year,…